Why? Why didn’t you tell me to read Red Rising sooner? 

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Why? Why didn’t you tell me to read Red Rising sooner? 

What would you do if you learned your whole life was a lie? Join the rebellion, of course.  However, the commitment this protagonist makes to the rebellion will cost him his life, his body, and maybe even his morals & trust me, you are going to want to see how this brilliant plan goes down. I’ll be really honest and admit I steered clear of this book because of the hype. That was such a mistake!  I bought it on a whim, and it totally sucked me in.  I read it in one day and began the sequel immediately.  If you enjoy books like The Hunger Games or Ender’s Game, this is something you definitely will want to check out.  This book is smart enough for both mature high school readers and adults to be completely satisfied.

 

Goodreads Summary

 The Earth is dying. Darrow is a Red, a miner in the interior of Mars. His mission is to extract enough precious elements to one day tame the surface of the planet and allow humans to live on it. The Reds are humanity’s last hope.

Or so it appears, until the day Darrow discovers it’s all a lie. That Mars has been habitable – and inhabited – for generations, by a class of people calling themselves the Golds. A class of people who look down on Darrow and his fellows as slave labour, to be exploited and worked to death without a second thought.


Until the day that Darrow, with the help of a mysterious group of rebels, disguises himself as a Gold and infiltrates their command school, intent on taking down his oppressors from the inside. But the command school is a battlefield – and Darrow isn’t the only student with an agenda.
 
My Thoughts
I wasn’t sold at first, but if you just hang in there until the command school, it is so worth it.  Brutal, violent, smart and compelling, this book was amazing.  The threat to the characters is real, the need for revolt is obvious, and the neverending promise of betrayal is going to give you tense shoulder syndrome.  It is Sparta and Lord of the Flies and Ender’s Game rolled into one fabulous package.  I gave it five well deserved stars.
This book is available in our classroom library.
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About queenbook

When the final bell rings, I stash those messy piles of essays and analysis assignments in a desk drawer and I head home to a pile of good books. My kids and dog eat too many chicken nuggets and the house could be neater, but as long as I get my daily read, I guess we are doing all right. When I was twelve and fifteen and eighteen and twenty, I believed I needed to get out there and do those things I had just been reading about, which ended in disaster, tears, a tattoo that scares me every time I catch a glimpse of it in the mirror, and the realization that some of us are meant for action, and some of us are meant to critique the pace of action in a book. I read primarily YA fiction as I have a rather hulking classroom library and a hundred high school readers to engage daily. Nothing makes me happier than coming to school and finding an impatient teenager waiting by my door to turn in a book and get another one just like it. I adore a good zombie, a medieval princess, or girl assassin (I would like them all in one book if you are a writer looking for some inspiration). I add historical mystery to my wish list a year in advance, and you should get out of my way when the next Outlander book comes out. I have an embarrassing fondness for rock star books, but only if they don’t get too trashy and embarrass me. My favorite book of all time is The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery. My book boyfriends include Gilbert Blythe, Alonzo Wilder, and Jamie Fraser. They are mine and you can’t have them.

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